Last updated: April 14. 2014 11:49PM - 1717 Views
By B Garret Rogan Times Leader Correspondent

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HUGHESTOWN — Borough Council on Monday unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms in the borough.

The broad regulation is an attempt to answer the complaints of some residents that an illegal shooting range is being operated on private property in the vicinity of Parsonage Street.

The issue was raised at the October 2013 regular meeting. At that time, borough police officer Darren Bidwell admitted to using the range along with officers from neighboring municipalities and contended that it was being legally operated.

With the new ordinance in place, firing ranges will have to gain borough approval in order to legally operate, even in instances where they are on private property within borough limits.

In other matters, borough officials stated police officers are responding to numerous complaints of all terrain vehicle riders speeding on local streets. When identified, the riders, believed to be largely juveniles, will be cited, officials said.

Officers intend to visit the homes of the juveniles’ guardians in order to enforce citations and possibly impound vehicles if repetitive violations do not cease, it was announced.

Officials also announced a pair of charity events to he held later in the month.

The Hughestown Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Good Friday Fish Fry on Friday from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Hughestown Hose Company Banquet Hall at 42 Center St.

Plates are $10 each, with take out options available. Children under 5 can eat for free.

The hose company will also host a Cooley’s Anemia Foundations Care Walk on Sunday, April 27. The event is being organized by resident Kristy DeRome Gomberg and the $20 registration will go toward children struggling with thalassemia.

Gomberg suffered from the disease as a child.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with the walk beginning at 11.

The next regular council meeting is May 12 at 7:30 p.m.

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